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The Indefinite Article.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hour Record News

www.cyclingnews.com news and analysis :

Ondrej Sosenka has surprisingly beaten the world hour record set by Britain's Chris Boardman in 2000. In Moscow this afternoon, the 29 year-old Czech rider improved on Boardman's record by 259 metres, riding 49.700 km in the hour.

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Boardman set his distance of 49.441 [kilometers] in Manchester on the 27th of October 2000, improving Eddy Merckx's 1972 mark by just 10 metres. That record marked a new beginning for the discipline . . . . Called the Athlete's Hour Record, it replaced the Absolute Hour Record standard which permitted the use of aerodynamic bicycles, positions and clothing. Boardman had previously set an Absolute Hour Record of 56.375 [kilometers] in Manchester on the 7th of September 1996.

We were chatting about the hour record at dinner Sunday, this article has some background.


  • World Hour Record=Standard Bike, and clothes + Athlete going for longest distance in an hour.
    Absolute Hour Record=Super Bike, Ultra low drag outfit and helmut + Athlete going for the longest distance in an hour.

    Is that correct.
    When will Ondrej try to beat the Absolute?
    Is this going against the wind or with it?
    Is Ondrej Dopping?
    what was the temperature?
    What is his middle name?

    By Blogger taggart, at 3:25 PM  

  • Yepper, you got the difference right. He may or may not go for the absolute--I think it probably is more dependent on getting some expensive gear. I think there are standards for wind/temperature and that sort of thing. One of the things Boardman wanted them to set up is an altitude specification but they didn't do it.

    By Blogger Adolph, at 3:42 PM  

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